Iron Fist 2012

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SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, CA (Feb. 10, 2012) Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1635 launches from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) to begin the beach assault phase of exercise Iron Fist 2012. This bilateral training exercise between US Marines and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force is designed to increase interoperability and amphibious capabilities throughout the US 3rd and 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (US Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jeremy L. Wood/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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